Miami Beach hires several Doral city staffers

04/18/2013 5:13 PM

04/18/2013 5:27 PM

Another Doral official is taking his talents to the beach.

Eric Carpenter, public works director in Doral since 2006, is leaving to direct public works for Miami Beach. Carpenter, who lives in Miami Beach, was approved by the Beach’s City Commission at Wednesday night’s meeting.

Carpenter said the decision wasn’t hard, as his new job is six blocks away from home and a bigger challenge.

“It’s an opportunity to take on a much larger and more diverse city,” he said.

He said he’s enjoyed building Doral from the ground up, as he started when public works had five employees — three of whom were laborers.

Carpenter’s departure marks the fourth Doral official to land a job with Miami Beach since December. Mark Taxis left Doral’s assistant city manager’s seat for a similar post in Miami Beach. Jimmy Morales, Doral’s former city attorney, is now city manager in Miami Beach.

Also, Doral City Manager Joe Carollo said Doral’s acting city attorney, Joe Jimenez, also will also take a position in the Beach. Morales said he is hoping to bring Jimenez to the Beach, but was not sure when or in what capacity.

Carpenter’s pride of his work in Doral echoed Taxis, who was recognized at the Doral City Council’s regular meeting last week. Taxis shared his thoughts after receiving accolades on the dais.

“This is the best community that I’ve ever worked in,” he said. “I can’t imagine a place that is more dear to my heart than Doral.”

Carollo said cities who have qualified employees capable of earning higher salaries in larger cities tend to lose those people.

“They have an obligation to look out for their own families,” he said.

Mayor Luigi Boria said he respects Carpenter’s desire to be closer to home.

“I support him,” he said. “He needs quality time with his family.”

With regard to the multiple city employees that have left the city, Boria chalks it up to talent. He compared Doral to his own technology business, where he said he has lost talent to larger firms over the years.

“As a small city, we train the people in our city, and then they leave,” he said.

Miami Herald Staff Writer Christina Veiga contributed to this report.

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